Last week was busy and resulted in posts for successive weeks.
The surrogate for Germany was the Old Town Rock Hill Oktoberfest. It was held downtown at Fountain Park which is the same area they have the Food Truck Fridays. I parked a little further out than I do for the FTF’s expecting a larger crown but I needn’t have. There were more people leaving as I got there than there were arriving, not a great sign. I have to admit I was disappointed as well.
As I walked up I could hear the band playing something that wasn’t quite German but there was definitely some “oompah” in there. The first tent in line was the ID check and beer ticket tent and what’s Oktoberfest without a beer? I got a souvenir stein because I needed one more thing to try to fit in a cabinet.
For the price I would have expected it to come with at least one beer ticket but nope they were sold separately. Well I had a couple of beer tickets and a mug so I figured I was at least partially set. So here was my first disappointment. I was really hoping for a biergarten and I’ll not lie I was hoping for fraus walking around with multiple liter steins in each hand serving up good German bier. Alas that was not the case. There were a couple of beer trailers and the one with the better beer had a line that was quite long but I persevered and wound up with a Dream Chasers Waxtoberfest beer. That was enough to get me through my next disappointment.
There were only two food vendors, a pizza truck (WTH?) and the Wurst Wagen which had a line to rival the beer trailer. How they could have 20 plus food trucks monthly for Food Truck Fridays and only two vendors for a once a year event is beyond me.
The one positive of standing in the line for my wurst was that I got to meet the winner of the wiener dog race. For a 4 time champ and 2 time second place finisher Oscar was pretty humble and didn’t care for posing for pictures so you’ll just have to accept my description. He was a solid brown dachshund with some white around the muzzle showing his veteran status and a pretty laid back demeanor for the holder of so many trophies.
The Wurst Wagen had a decent selection of sausages; weisswurst, bratwurst, knockwurst & kielbasa with sides of bacon potato salad, chips or sauerkraut. I went with the weisswurst and sauerkraut.
The sausage was good but not really hot enough. The guys were relying on a steamer they were keeping the sausages in to heat them up as they were precooked. The problem was they were moving them so fast they didn’t have a chance to get very warm before getting served. The taste was good and the German mustard and sauerkraut were good accompaniments. I had just enough beer to make it through the meal and a couple of songs from the Foothills Oompah band. I spent my second ticket on an Old Mecklenburg Mecktoberfest which tasted more like a good German beer than the Waxtoberfest, which had a hint of fruitiness to it.
That was good for a few more songs as the sun set and the fountain to my left got lit up.
Despite the disappointments it was a good evening and I can hope that next year will be better but I’ll let you know either way.